Sonoma Coast Wine


The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Cobb

    Cobb Wines was established in 2001 by Ross and Stephen Cobb and their parents David and Diane to ...

  • Sojourn Cellars

    For over 10 years, Sojourn Cellars has produced distinctive Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon win...

  • Kastania Vineyards

    A viticulture class in 1994 inspired Linda and Hoot Smith to demonstrate their love of red wine b...

  • Failla

    History of the Brand While the history of Failla (pronounced FAY-la) is short it is not withou...

  • Peter Mathis Wine

    Peter Mathis planted his 7.5 acre hillside vineyard in the Sonoma Valley in 1999 with Grenache, P...

  • Flowers Vineyard & Winery

    As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combin...

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  • Vin0vin0,I truly doubt you'd be disappointed with any Soliste pinot.... ... ... my beloved LIOCO 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, which was fantastic, I would direct pinot lovers to Solist Read More

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  • Mark, assume you're familiar with foglines in general. Whether you're ... ... the ocean along The True Sonoma Coast, or up in Ukiah, you become very aware of where the fog stops on the days it rolls in. Haven't had that wine (and am enjoying your reports on it), but guess the reference is to the Ukiah (rather than Dry Creek Valley) vineyard Read More

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  • Old World Winery Abourious Russian River Valley Sonoma California Abouriou Red 2011


    Really interesting Russian River red made from the fairly rare Abouriou grape. Ripe plum, mushroom and dried cranberry on the nose. There's medium smooth tannin and medium acidity on the palate. The flavor profile is ripe dark plum, a touch of grape stems, tobacco, a hint of smoke, macerated black cherry and a touch of menthol. Really enjoyable ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Bedrock Wine Company the Bedrock Heritage 2013


    Murky marroon color in the glass. Nose of blackberry and plummake that prune. Fairly jammy on the tip of the tongue. This declines closer to neutral on subsequent tastesmay be a result of air, or maybe not. Serious tannin also neutralizes fruit. Some stoniness in the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013


    Smoky charcoal and tar aromas with black currant and black cherry. Clean and well made, with black cherry, licorice, and black currant flavors, good fresh acidity and balance, a hint of toast and vanilla, and more dark fruit coming through on the long finish with a bit of licorice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Christopher Creek Syrah Russian River Valley 2010


    Nice but nothing special with this Russian River syrah. On the nose there's some decent ripe black cherry and a bit of leather. On the palate is more black cherry and a bit of green plum. Somewhat one dimensional with not much depth or complexity, medium acidity and a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Joseph Carr Chardonnay Sonoma County Josh Cellars 2013


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    Wine review by stachlaw

  • Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012


    Not as light-colored as a lot of Pinots seem to be. Earthy nose, although there seems to be something sweet there, alsocaramel, molasses. On introduction to the tongue, there is a pleasant (i.e., light) hit of red fruitcherry or strawberry. Towards the back of the palate Im getting that earthiness, again. Not really unpleasant. The light to... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Simi Dry Rose 2013


    Light and aromatic with strawberry flavors and bright acidity. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Benziger Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

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